They did, when they were majority Protestant and when science could still be readily twisted to support the Bible. But since the late 19th/early 20th century, and increasingly ever since, education has moved people away from Christianity and so you get Christian reactionaries home-schooling their kids or getting on Education Boards, so they can keep other people's children from understanding the world they live in, instead inculcating them in the dreams of their elders.

Indeed, I think an underappreciated reason why the current political climate is as it is, is that Protestants are no longer a majority in the US (as of about a decade ago), so those who derived their power from Protestant politics and hierarchy are fighting like hell to remain relevant/retain power, even if that means bringing non-Protestants into the fold.

Psychology graduate with interests in values and morality, cognition and executive function, and High Functioning Depression. Kiwi living in London, UK.

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